1 Samuel 16:7: “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

When God created humankind, He created them in His own image.  One of God’s trademarks is His creativity. Mankind, too, was born to create, not the least of which is to procreate. But besides procreation God wired men with an innate curiosity to discover, invent, develop, and bring something new to the table. How else could you explain all the discoveries and inventions in the history of mankind? The creative spark inside of us pushes us forward.

However, unfortunately, besides the upward trend of progress there’s also a noticeable self-destructive downward spiral, coming with Adam and Eve’s emancipation from God. Here is the key encounter leading to a very bad decision (Genesis 3:5):

“The serpent said to the woman, ‘you most assuredly won’t die! For God knows that when you eat of it [the forbidden fruit], your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’”

Mankind’s emancipation from God was based on the delusional promise that our eyes will be opened. Our innate curiosity got the better of us when we decided to go for the unknown while leaving our innocence behind. And so it happened that we don’t see eye to eye with our Creator anymore. Prophet Isaiah put it this way (Isaiah 55:8):

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.”

We are mistaken to assume that God wants to hold us back and does not have our best interest at heart. That big fat lie originated in the Garden of Eden and is still alive and well today. Quite the opposite is true though: God has good plans for us. He is for us, not against us. His thoughts and inclinations are for our benefit, not to make things worse. While God has all eternity to work things out, we are stuck in the here and now and have no way of understanding the extent of God’s redemptive power. We need an X-ray to check out our skeleton, and we definitely are no mind readers, however, God is able to see what is going on inside any human being, physically, mentally, and emotionally. God’s perspective easily trumps ours.

If we connect to our Creator, we have a better chance of judging a situation correctly and making sane decisions. It all starts with trusting Him that He got this – whatever it is we’re struggling with: God has us covered! Let’s keep that in mind, especially when we seem to be running against closed doors. God may have already opened another door, and we just don’t see it. When in doubt, we can do what Adam and Eve failed to do: All we have to do is ask.

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

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